Sci/tech

Green University: Saudi Arabia’s KAUST With Eco-Friendly Environment
November 2, 2009 10:45 AM - Green Prophet, Clean Techies

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia may still be considered as one of the most conservative from a religious standpoint. But with the opening of the new King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, otherwise known as KAUST, a new era in academic learning, combined with new innovations in ecological architecture and design, has begun in which both men and women students will benefit jointly.

Using the Sahara Sun to Power Europe
November 2, 2009 09:58 AM - Vanessa L. Bourlier, ENN

A $400 billon plan to provide Europe with solar power from the Sahara desert moved a step closer to reality with the formation of a consortium to carry out the work. Known as the Desertec Industrial Initiative (DDI), the German-led consortium believes it can deliver solar power to Europe as early as 2015.

Chemical spills after ship accidents in China
November 2, 2009 05:41 AM - Reuters

Chinese workers are trying to clean up dangerous chemicals in the central reaches of the Yangtze river and an oil spill near an eastern Chinese port, after two shipping accidents this weekend.

Unanticipated Long Term Consequences of Nuclear Waste From Bomb Making
November 1, 2009 09:50 AM - Frank Clifford, L A Times

Radioactive debris has been found in canyons that drain into the Rio Grande, but officials at the Los Alamos National Laboratory say there's no health risk. More than 60 years after scientists assembled the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, lethal waste is seeping from mountain burial sites and moving toward aquifers, springs and streams that provide water to 250,000 residents of northern New Mexico. Isolated on a high plateau, the Los Alamos National Laboratory seemed an ideal place to store a bomb factory's deadly debris. But the heavily fractured mountains haven't contained the waste, some of which has trickled down hundreds of feet to the edge of the Rio Grande, one of the most important water sources in the Southwest.

Side effect of plastic: Aggressive Kids
October 31, 2009 11:39 AM - Editor, ENN, Sierra Club Green Home

Plastics containing Bisphenol-A linked to child misbehavior Yes we know, everything causes cancer, nothing is safe for our kids, a lot of paranoia, right? Sometimes these concerns are for real. A chemical of significant importance to parents and scientists these days is Bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA is a common chemical used in plastics for increased flexibility and molding. It can be found in your child’s plastic sippy cup, binkies, and even canned food. The lining found inside some canned foods is very similar to high density plastics, thus likely to contain significant levels of BPA. Numerous studies have proven that BPA can negatively impact your health. Experts have advised people to shop for BPA-free products. In general, avoiding plastics whenever possible is a good idea.

High Tech Greens the Internet: Net Neutrality and the Smart Grid
October 30, 2009 10:19 AM - Nick Nigro, Clean Techies

The high tech industry will play a significant role in the battle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as long as the Internet remains a level playing field.

Cash Cows: Farm Converts Cattle Manure into Electricity
October 30, 2009 10:01 AM - Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, Triple Pundit

A Vermont dairy farm is producing something other than milk. Earlier this month, state officials were on hand to visit Vermont’s newest methane facility. Westminster Farms Inc., along with Green Mountain Power (GMP), have been working together in an on-site plant that converts methane gas released from cow manure into electricity.

Multiyear Arctic ice is effectively gone
October 30, 2009 05:50 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

The multiyear ice covering the Arctic Ocean has effectively vanished, a startling development that will make it easier to open up polar shipping routes, an Arctic expert said on Thursday.

Water Use in the US Less in 2005 Than in 1975
October 29, 2009 11:35 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Just when you think all human activities are making the environment worse, news comes that our efforts to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impacts (0ur environmental footprint) are doing some good. According to a new U.S. Geological Survey report, the U S is using less water now than during the peak years of 1975 and 1980, despite a 30 percent population increase during the same time period.

Chickens Immunized by Genetically Modified Peas
October 29, 2009 10:15 AM - Wagdy Sawahel, SciDevNet

Genetically modified peas that can protect chickens against a common infection have been successful in trials. Scientists inserted a gene that caused the plants to produce an antibody that stops a harmful parasite from invading a chicken's gut cells.

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